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In the States

Illinois Legislature approves marriage equality, bill to be signed by the Governor
The bill now advances to Governor Pat Quinn, a champion of the marriage equality, who plans to sign the bill into law. Illinois is fifteenth state in the nation to recognize marriage equality, the second in two months.
Oregon now recognizes marriages from out of state for gay and lesbian couples
The state of Oregon will recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples who were wed out of state, according to a memo sent last week.
33% of Americans live with marriage equality
With New Jersey now recognizing the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples, one third of the U.S. population now lives in a state with marriage equality.
Gov. Chris Christie Drops Appeal, Gay and Lesbian Couples Get Married in New Jersey
At the stroke of midnight, gay and lesbian couples were able to get married in New Jersey.
Gay and lesbian couples able to get married in New Jersey, State Supreme Court Rules
The State Supreme Court today unanimously denied a request to delay marriages while an appeal is heard to last month’s decision that called for marriage equality.
New Jersey Judge denies request to stay decision, allows gay and lesbian couples to get married starting Oct. 21
Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson denied a request to delay the implementation of last week’s historic ruling that would allow gay and lesbian couples to get married in New Jersey starting October 21.
Your complete guide to marriage efforts in each state
Here is a summary of the active court cases, legislation and ballot initiatives that could expand the number of states with marriage equality.
Map: California’s First Month of Marriage Equality by the Numbers
In the first full month gay and lesbian couples could get married in California since our Supreme Court victory, the number of marriage licenses issued increased dramatically in most of California’s 58 counties.
Hawaii Legislature to consider marriage equality bill
Governor Neil Abercrombie announced that he will convene a special legislative session on October 28 to consider marriage equality legislation.
Gay and Lesbian Couples Get Married In New Mexico
Gay and lesbian couples are getting married in three of New Mexico’s largest counties, with clerks in two additional counties planning to follow suit as well.